UFO Intelligence Summary


Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:35:42 -0600, updated 1 April  2017
From: fran ridge <franridge@nicap.org>
ubject: May 24, 1974; MADAR 5 and the Solitude Incident
istribution: MADAR, CE, A-Team
Fran Ridge                        

This intelligence summary concerns the events of the summer of 1974, in particular MADAR 5.  The MADAR effort consists of looking for correlations between UFO activity and detections of anomalistic E-M phenomena.

Sometimes we have a report of a radar target where there is no visual report of an unidentified object in the area. On our computer database we list this as a "UT" or "uncorrelated target".  More scientific interest is paid to cases where there IS a visual sighting along with the radar paint and this is what we call an "RV" or "radar/visual". Air Route Traffic Controllers have realtime knowledge of something in the air. What makes this possible is the Flight Plan (filed by the pilot) and the transponder on the aircraft. ARTC units use the term "squawk" when they are assigning an aircraft a transponder code, e.g., "Squawk 7421". Squawk thus can be said to mean "select transponder code" (or IDENT code). If you've listened to aircraft frequencies and have seen a busy radar display you can appreciate this. On the display you'll notice for each aircraft there is what they call a Full Data Block: The symbology displayed adjacent to a tracked aircraft target on a MDM (scope) containing an aircraft position symbol, a leader line, velocity vector line, and the alphanumeric data associated with the aircraft.

MADAR has a different but very efficient set-up but the recorded data is reviewed AFTER the event. The MADAR Center has a local grapevine consisting of local spotters, police, sheriff and state police in local counties, as well as personnel at the ARTC (control tower) at Evansville (20 miles to the east of Mt. Vernon). And during a MADAR event our black box recorders log all transmissions from law enforcement and aircraft for 45 minutes. Also recorded is the background radiation, before, during, and after the event. Our database then is produced as raw data and comes in from local calls, MUFON, and the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle. There is a delay of 1-2 months in most cases. The exception would be in terms of what is filed locally (call-ins) at the UFO Filter Center here in Mt. Vernon. In the case of MADAR 5 there were no calls. But MADAR 5 occurred on May 24, at 2:42 AM!  The good news (if there is any) is that anomalistic E-M phenomena associated with UFOs many times occurs in the wee hours.

The sensor had deviated from North just enough to trigger the system, indicating a disturbance probably close to the limits of the magnet variometer and the E-M source and power. I refer to this as the "phantom pulse" since you cannot hear it on the recordings due to the fact that it is this initial pulse that activates the system and turns on the recorders. The background radiation reading was a normal 14 counts per minute. The radar at Dress-Regional Airport at Evansville was NIS (not in service) at this hour of the day. and while on alert I observed no unusual objects in the heavens. The alert was terminated at 3:42 AM.

Form 146M printout for MADAR 5

What we DO know is that MADAR events are extremely rare with two dozen events in about as many years. When MADAR 5 occurred there was no visual UAP correlation. But close encounters are also rare, very rare in Posey County in fact. In the summer of 1974 one of the best close encounters that ever occurred in the MADAR area happened a little more than three miles away, but for some reason MADAR didn't pick it up. The significance here, however, is in the location on the graph of three rare anomalistic events during a UFO report dry season.

MADAR Graph: 1974
Current data (see below) is much better than what you see in this 20-year-old graph.

July 30, 1974; Solitude, Indiana

8:50 PM. Our involvement began when the Posey County Sheriff contacted me right after the incident had occurred and was reported. Our Rapid Deployment Team of three men (and 3 different vehicle) were on the road to the area within minutes. Near Solitude, Indiana, just a little over three miles north of us, a Mt. Vernon couple and their little boy were on their way home from a play in New Harmony, heading south on Hwy 69. They observed an object silhouetted against the moonlit haze in the southwest. Although a couple of miles away, the object had a clear cigar shape with three white lights. They continued driving down the highway and, as they got over the top of some hills, the object started to descend, getting larger and larger all the time. Right at the bottom of the hill they slowed down and the object appeared to be hovering. It was approximately a hundred yards from them now, and it was moving, but very slowly. The adult male witness reported: "It acted like it was on water or floating'-like." It now had four lights on it, two on each end, the shadowy object was was long and slender, "kinda cigar-shaped." At one time "it was just right above us, maybe 50-60'. Well, you couldn't believe the size of it. It was real large. We went down the highway just a little further. We were going to park the car, so we pulled in there and were getting out of the car and we couldn't find it. It had just vanished." The object was "thin on the ends" and, "as it got to the middle, it was thicker. But like I say, we could just see the shadow" (Object was back-lit). Duration: 7-18 minutes.

The events of the MADAR region for 1974, extracted from the updated 1974 UFO Chronology here at Mt. Vernon, are now listed in chronological order below:

May 5, 1974; Lincolnshire, Illinois
Six photos taken. Boys sight UFO, Hynek called in. (Review Vernon, IL, May 23, 1974 clipping)

May 9, 1974; Daylight, Indiana
(Date may not be correct) Evening. Local man (and six others) claim he was abducted. Jordan. (Investigated by Mike Cristol)

May 22, 1974; Fairfield, Ohio
10:00 p.m. Boat-shaped or oblong object 50-60' wide. Green and white lights around lower part rotating 3 to 4 square windows emanating white light. Brightly lit transparent area on top. Two small, dark humanoids. Object rising and falling as it hovered over a house. Occupants visible in top part of object in cramped position, continually gesticulating or moving levers. Object then moved horizontally and departed at high speed. (Ref.5)

May 23, 1974; Calhoun, Illinois
10:00 p.m. State Police at Parkersburg, Illinois, took this call and relayed the information to CUFOS. Three witnesses reported a close encounter with telephone affected. Few details. (CUFOS)

May 24, 1974; MADAR Event #5
2:42 a.m. This, yet unexplained incident was never correlated with any sightings of UFOs anywhere, local or regional. But it was rare and one of those incidents that occurred in the wee hours .

June 11, 1974; Lincolnshire, Illinois
No details but recorded as close encounter one with seven witnesses. (CUFOS)

June 15, 1974; Cleveland, Ohio
6:30 p.m. Perfectly round about 1000 ft diameter, white lights squarely tipped. One slightly larger in what seemed to be the front. "But it was huge!" ESE. 46594

June 18, 1974; Metcalf, Illinois
Midnight. Beginning of a series of abductions. Son of farmer had been apparently abducted and no one knew it for some 12 years or spring of 1986. Natural recall of abduction into craft and removal of sperm. Elderly farmer saw object land in soybean field around 12:00 a.m. (Don Worley files)

June 18, 1974; Metcalf, Illinois
4:30 a.m.  Second elderly farmer watched fiery object take off from bean field. (Worley files)

July 30, 1974, Solitude (nr. Mt. Vernon, Indiana
(Detailed above)

This intelligence summary is subject to update.